Abdominal Pain

Abdominal Pain services offered in Waldorf, MD

Frequent abdominal pain is a symptom you shouldn’t ignore — it’s usually a treatable issue, and you can get quick relief. At GI Associates of Maryland, the largest private gastroenterology practice in the Waldorf, Maryland region, the experienced team of providers offers one-on-one personalized care for abdominal pain in their office and endoscopy center. To get help and leave the pain in the past, call the office or book your appointment using the online scheduling feature today. 

Abdominal Pain Q & A

When should I see a doctor about abdominal pain?

Abdominal pain that’s out of the ordinary requires medical care. Signs that it’s time to reach out to GI Associates of Maryland include:

  • Pain lasting more than a day or two
  • Pain with a fever 
  • Frequent abdominal pain
  • Worsening abdominal pain
  • Pain with bloating
  • Pain with diarrhea
  • Pain with constipation 
  • Pain while urinating or having bowel movements
  • Constant dull ache in your abdomen

In addition, if you have severe abdominal pain that seems to come out of nowhere, you should seek medical care immediately.  

I am having abdominal pain. What caused it? 

Abdominal pain can range from a mild short-term belly ache to severe pains that cause you to cradle your stomach in misery. There are many causes of abdominal pain. Each part of the abdomen can be affected by different conditions. Examples include:

Upper abdominal pain

Your upper abdomen contains the upper gastrointestinal tract with the gallbladder, liver, heart, and lungs. If you’re having upper abdominal pain, it could be a problem such as gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) or stomach ulcers. 

Lower abdominal pain

The lower abdomen contains most of your small intestine and your large intestine. Lower abdominal pain causes can vary depending if your pain is on the right or left side. 

On the lower right, abdominal pain might be an appendix issue. On the lower left, abdominal pain often occurs because of diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis), Celiac disease, or colon cancer. 

The best way to find out the exact cause of your abdominal pain and get pain relief is a gastrointestinal evaluation at GI Associates of Maryland. 

What can my doctor give me for abdominal pain? 

The GI Associates of Maryland team provides nonsurgical solutions whenever possible, often including condition-specific medication, dietary changes, and other healthy modifications.  

Many people with chronic abdominal pain need procedures such as colonoscopy or upper endoscopy to diagnose their condition. These procedures can double as a treatment because the team can often remove problems such as polyps or correct structural issues like a narrowed esophagus.

While the team never rushes to surgery, they’re adept surgeons who can use surgical means to solve your abdominal pain quickly where needed. 

Call GI Associates of Maryland or click the online appointment feature to get help for belly pain today.